Parasha: Matot

The Importance of Re-reading Torah

This d’var Torah was written in 2010. Although it refers to some events occuring at that time, its larger message remains deeply relevant. -Ed. The Book of Numbers is in many ways the least cohesive of the five books of the Torah. Its narrative excursions and legal legacies are occasionally

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Making the Epic Personal

The Torah portion Mas’ey (Numbers 33:1 – 36:13), which concludes Sefer Bamidbar (the Book of Numbers), brings us to the end of our ancestors’ journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Forty years have passed since the Exodus. A new generation, born in freedom, has replaced the last generation to

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The Inner Journey

Eileh mas’ei v’nei Yisrael asher yatz’u me’eretz Mitzrayim אֵ֜לֶּה מַסְעֵ֣י בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל אֲשֶׁ֥ר יָצְא֛וּ מֵאֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרַ֖יִם לְצִבְאֹתָ֑ם בְּיַד־מֹשֶׁ֖ה וְאַהֲרֹֽן׃ These are the journeys of the Children of Israel after leaving the Land of Egypt (Numbers 33:1) As we reach the end of the Book of Numbers, the Children of Israel have

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